Accepted is resuming its MBA admissions chats next week on Wednesday January 9 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/ 6:00 PM GMT with a chat devoted to Notre Dame’s MBA program. This will be the first time we are hosting Notre Dame, a strong general management program renowned for its focus on ethics. Available to answer your questions about Notre Dame’s admissions policy, program, and student life will be:
- Brian Lohr, Director of MBA Admissions
- Kim Patton, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions and Student Services
- Ashley Clark, MBA Candidate, Class of 2009
- Jon Peach, MBA Candidate and MBAA President, Class of 2008
For tips on Notre Dame’s essay questions, please see Notre Dame Mendoza MBA 2008 Deadlines, Essay Questions.
I also want to let you know that the transcripts from our last two chats in December have been posted.
Emma, how is recruiting looking overall for 2008 grads? And for the class of 2009 which is now seeking internships?
Linda, generally recruiting is looking very strong. We are pleased to see that recruiting remains very strong in finance, but also that the number of industry firms where students are interning and taking final positions continues to grow. Increasing numbers of students are taking up positions with companies like 3i, Google, Pepsico, BP – and of course the number of people going into the very top consulting firms like McKinsey, BCG, Bain etc remains high.
Can you tell me what resources LBS has for students interested in entrepreneurship particularly for candidates who are currently entrepreneurs themselves and are looking at LBS to build a firm foundation?
lbs_for_08, the School offers a range of opportunities for students looking to take an entrepreneurial route through their MBA. Last year we introduced a new core course called Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities which gives students the tools to identifying new opportunities. There are also electives available from our vast portfolio and the Entrepreneurship Summer School for those who have a business idea they wish to work on to see if it will be feasible. The GEM – Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is one of the faculty research areas and also of great interest to students.
Graeme: Thank you for answering the admissions section of my question – still looking for more on what other entrepreneurial opportunities LBS provides – i.e. business plan contest, connections with VC’s…
Entrepreneur: I have competed in 3 case competitions within 3 months and have made it to final rounds in 2. There is a plethora of competitions / business plan writing competitions where you can get very specific feedback and the potential to win cash prizes.
Entrepreneur: You can find a load of information on our Entrep. Club website at http://www.entrepreneurship-club.org/ including details of the annual Entrep. conference.
- Consortium Chat 2008 Transcript excerpts:
Hello I am having my Consortium interview on Thursday. I would like to know if I will be asked specific questions about the schools I am interested in or my interview will be based solely on the Consortium Fellowship?
Wazee- The interview is focused on admission, not to determine your eligibility to become a part of The Consortium. You should treat it like a job interview- be prepared to answer questions about your academic and professional background, your short term and long term goals, and your teamwork and leadership experience.
Everyone seems to be avoiding salary questions…how do individual programs assist with negotiating offers of employment? I don’t want to be “that guy” but being in the military, my salary is kind of dictated.
Dannyboy – at UNC, we will have several workshops on negotiating offers, as well as salary information from past years and meetings with career counselors to talk about your specific questions.
Dannyboy, at Simon we would meet with you personally to review your offer and help you identify the areas to negotiate and the strategy for countering the offer. We also offer 2 hour training programs each quarter so that our candidates are aware of important language and behavioral issues BEFORE they get the offer. This allows candidates the greatest flexibility in the negotiation process.
Dannyboy – at Kelley, we help our students with salary/job offer negotiation through workshops and individual coaching sessions. To help with salary research, we also provide our students with an access to Vault GOLD, which has good salary data for various industries and careers.
How would a low GMAT affect a post-MBA job search?
dannyboy (Dec 11, 2007 8:55:46 PM)
Was the low GMAT effect on the post-MBA search question answered?
WendyDukesUNC (Dec 11, 2007 8:56:08 PM)
Dannyboy, low GMAT is a concern with some consulting firms and investment firms.
MichaelPayneUSC (Dec 11, 2007 9:00:05 PM)
Dannyboy – we have seen the big firms have a hard cut-off at 700. The smaller, more specialized firms are more flexible.
MrimBoutlaINDIANA (Dec 11, 2007 9:00:44 PM)
Dannyboy – top consulting firms are very competitive, and ask for GMAT scores. Some of our consulting firms have a cut-off between 650-700 as a minimum. However, more than your GMAT number, your effective and persistent networking will definitely help your pursuit.
dannyboy (Dec 11, 2007 9:00:46 PM)
Michael- ouch, brand management here I come.
MrimBoutlaINDIANA (Dec 11, 2007 9:01:53 PM)
Dannyboy – Marketing rocks at Kelley :)!
dannyboy (Dec 11, 2007 9:02:12 PM)
Michael perhaps you could learn bedside manner from Mrim 🙂
Hassan J. (Dec 11, 2007 9:02:34 PM)
PayneUSC, is it possible to retake the exam during school and use your new GMAT score with the larger firms?
ED (Dec 11, 2007 9:03:13 PM)
Wow the response to Dannyboy’s question was quite depressing I got a 620 so unless I score better on the GMAT my dreams as working at an investment bank are pretty much shattered. Right?
MichaelPayneUSC (Dec 11, 2007 9:03:31 PM)
Hassan – I don’t think so. Networking is best (how’s that, dannyboy? 🙂